Category Archives: human-rights

The British 15 and Guantanamo

Now that the 15 British Soldiers have been released by Iran we can focus on similar matters. I’m sure the international community – with the cooperation of the American Government, of course – will waste no time addressing the plight of those in Guantanamo Bay. The 15 captured by Iran had clearly endured a painful […]

“Is This America?” by Nat Hentoff

Brilliant. …on January 18, 2007, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy assessed how Bush’s war on terrorism has affected many people around the world who do not hate us but no longer trust us as a lover of liberty and the rights of man. Said Leahy: “The administration’s secret policies have reduced America’s standing around the world […]

When Humanity Takes a Seat

For anyone who has been paying attention, the presence of secret CIA prisons administering torture to suspected terrorists is not anything new. What is new though, is that at least one of these gross violations of Human Rights is currently under the scrutiny of trial. I am of course talking about Jose Padilla, a US […]

Harping on the Harped / Forget the Soldiers

Even though I touched on this a few days ago, it still gets under my skin that not only where brave young men and women thrust so needlessly into wars for the sole purpose of satiating the machismo of BushCo, but that they have returned home only to be tossed aside like dirty laundry. The […]

Sucking Cheneys Dick Down Under

To say that this blew me away would be a total understatement: UNITED States Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Sydney to thank John Howard for his support in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror generally. Although the Vice-President has relatively low approval ratings in the US and is regarded as an ultra-hawk, he […]

“Peace”keepers

Sudan seems adamant to take over the reigns of the AU leadership: “There was a decision made last year [to take over] and nobody has the right to change that,” said Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol. Which is disconcerting, considering the following: Darfur rebels said on Friday they would refuse peace talks and would fight […]

I Say Tomato, You Say Terrorist

It’s going to be interesting to see how the international community responds to the hijacking of a Sudanese plane today. If you aren’t aware of what happened, a young man hijacked the plane demanding an end to the conflict in Darfur: “I call on the international community to put pressure on Sudan to find a […]

Sudan Admits to Bombing Darfur

Huge. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has confirmed that government forces have been bombing northern areas of the troubled Darfur region.

“The Limits of Democracy” by Fareed Zakaria

The basic problem confronting the developing world today is not an absence of democracy but an absence of governance. From Iraq to the Palestinian territories to Nigeria to Haiti, this is the cancer that is eating away at the lives of people across the globe, plunging countries into chaos, putting citizens’ lives and livelihoods at […]

State of the Double Standard: Immigration – Iraq

From this evenings State of the Union address: We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals. (Applause.) From a January 2nd NY Times article: Thousands flee Iraq every day, but the US has placed strict limits on the number of Iraqi refugees allowed to settle in […]